Andrea Leslie decided to pursue a career in healthcare after watching her father battle cancer when she was 14. She was inspired by the way healthcare workers impacted her father’s life. Leslie worked her way up through the healthcare ranks and is now the new president of Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals.
Nearly a quarter century ago, members of St. Charles Catholic Church celebrated the dedication of a new building of worship, rebuilt after having been struck by lighting and destroyed by fire.
But only a small portion of the original colorful, hand-crafted stained glass windows were able to be saved and installed in the cathedral as they sit today.
When Ashley Caverly, 15, a member of a local Girl Scouts group, set out to achieve the Girl Scout Gold Award, her first thought was for an autistic student she’d met while helping out at the Seiter Education Center. Caverly said she liked working with this student because “he was really nice and never took it to heart if you told him he was wrong or anything.”
Charles Powers stood on the stage telling an audience of strangers about his son, Michael, a lump forming in his throat as he talked. Charles spoke about how Michael did well in school, had friends and was involved in theater. He said he never thought of his son as someone who would become an addict.
Dave Mendrea is a recent retiree, but he wants to do more than just work on his golf game. He wants to make a difference in the lives of families. That’s why Mendrea chose to apply for the position of director of Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit Christian organization that aims to improve communities. Mendrea was chosen for the job earlier this year.
Nearly two months ago, the Grattan Academy Board of Directors made the decision to change the longstanding name of the school as part of a rebranding effort.
But shortly after the decision was made on Aug. 6 to establish Belding-Greenville Preparatory Charter Academy as the school’s new name, a number of students voiced their displeasure with the decision.
Hoping to avoid future degradation, repair work on a city bridge over the Flat River will begin and end with a goal to finish by November.
During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved two motions related to work to be performed on the bridge on Greenville West Drive, which runs north and south over the Flat River.
There are a number of landmark birthdays throughout one’s life; milestones that people look forward to hitting as they age. At 16, it’s legal to get a driver’s license. At 18, it’s legal to vote. At 21, it’s legal to drink alcohol.
Samantha Russel seems like an ordinary student. She’s funny, friendly and talkative. She’s involved in extracurriculars, including being the president of the National Honors Society and playing in the percussion section of the band. But she’s added an extraordinary accomplishment as a semifinalist in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program — the first Greenville High School student to boast that achievement since the early 2000s.
Kire Wierda is on a mission: To revitalize the mentoring program within Greenville Public Schools. Several years ago, the program was at the forefront of focus for the community but has since fallen to the wayside. Wierda is hoping to bring back that focus in order to fill the need for extra support that some students might have at every level of education.